yum segmentation fault on RHES 4.2

I got the following:

# yum update clamav
Setting up Update Process
Setting up repositories
Segmentation fault

I've tried renamed away the RPM db files ie :
  mv /var/lib/rpm/__db.*  /tmp
& did "rpm --rebuild" but it did not help

It was working previously;  maybe someone fooled around with the server.

I tried upgrading yum but got lots of dependencies (can someone point me
to a yum package which would have everything it needs bundled in or
give me the dependency packages) :

# rpm -Uvh --force ./yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch.rpm
warning: only V3 signatures can be verified, skipping V4 signature
error: Failed dependencies:
        pygpgme is needed by yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch
        python >= 2.4 is needed by yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch
        python(abi) = 2.3 is needed by yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch
        python-iniparse is needed by yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch
        rpm >= 0:4.4.2 is needed by yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch
        yum-metadata-parser >= 1.1.0 is needed by yum-3.2.22-4.el4.noarch

 
sunhuxAsked:
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farzanjConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First list your yum packages.

rpm -qa | grep yum

Then you need to erase all yum related packages:
rpm -e --nodeps yum

And others.

Then you need to reinstall yum again.
rpm -ivh yum*rpm

And other files that it needs or tells you that this package is dependent upon.

Also, I see your yum repository.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
ls *repo

You should see your yum repository files here.
It should at least contain the following:
[Name of repository or a label]
name=any string
baseurl=<ftp:// > or <http://   > or <file:/// for local >
gpgcheck=0
enabled=1
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:

I've tried reinstalling yum but no joy :

# rpm -Uvh --force ./yum-2.4.2-0.4.el4.rf.noarch.rpm
Preparing...                ########################################### [100%]
   1:yum                    ########################################### [100%]

# rpm -qa | grep yum
yum-2.4.2-0.4.el4.rf
# yum update clamav
Setting up Update Process
Setting up repositories
Segmentation fault
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:

is it essential to erase all yum packages before reinstalling?

I'm worried if something got erased, things may get worse
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farzanjConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yum is not such a package that if you delete it, your system would break.  Do you have a cd or DVD of RedHat?

Second, are you talking about RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4)?

That DID not have YUM to being with.  All you had was up2date

RHEL5 was the first one to get YUM.

If you have RHEL4.2, try using up2date.

Sorry, I missed this before.  Make sure this is the release number.

In your response, please let me know what you want to do, and I would tell you how to accomplish it using RHEL4.

If you have RHEL5, then please run the commands I told you in my last response and tell me the state of your system
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farzanjConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok.  Now I realize looking at your other questions that you really have RHEL4.

Read the following tips to use up2date.  This may help you a little if you wanted to download something.
http://www.redhat.com/advice/tips/up2date.html

There was no YUM in RHEL4.  So that would explain the segmentation fault.  RHEL5 was the first version to have yum in it.

In RHEL4 days, we had to work manually to resolve dependencies.  You would appreciate the need of YUM.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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